Matt Koch
Matt Koch
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Koch made 14 starts and five relief appearances for a banged-up Diamondbacks team last season, filling in capably with a 4.15 ERA. He showed good control, walking just 6.1% of batters, but he managed just a 13.9% strikeout rate. His 5.83 FIP makes a serious step back appear more likely than even a modest step forward, as does his 5.96 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Reno. Scouts were never particularly impressed with Koch's repertoire, as his fastball averages just 91.8 mph and none of his secondaries are much better than average. His low walk rate stemmed at least partially from how hittable he is, as opposing batters made contact on 85.9% of swings (compared to 77.0% on average). He'll be a fifth or sixth starter this season and is likely a streamer at best in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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Fails to win rotation spot
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 24, 2019
Koch will not be part of the Diamondbacks' rotation to begin the season, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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Koch posted good numbers this spring, finishing with a 3.18 in 17 innings while recording a 13:3 K:BB. Merrill Kelly will be the fifth starter for now, but Koch could be the first one called on when the team needs a spot starter.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .243 190 33 12 42 8 0 12
Since 2017vs Right .322 218 20 13 64 10 1 13
2019vs Left .417 25 1 0 10 1 0 4
2019vs Right .353 20 2 2 6 1 0 2
2018vs Left .209 163 32 11 31 6 0 8
2018vs Right .315 197 18 11 57 9 1 11
2017vs Left 1.000 2 0 1 1 1 0 0
2017vs Right 1.000 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.38 1.22 61.2 4 2 0 5.3 1.8 2.0
Since 2017Away 7.41 1.65 34.0 1 3 0 4.5 3.4 2.9
2019Home 15.75 2.00 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 0.0 4.5
2019Away 14.40 2.00 5.0 0 0 0 1.8 3.6 7.2
2018Home 3.59 1.16 57.2 4 2 0 5.3 1.9 1.9
2018Away 5.28 1.48 29.0 1 3 0 5.0 3.1 2.2
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0.00 0.00 .000000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Matt Koch compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.50
 
K/9
3.0
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
6.0
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
15.00
 
WHIP
2.00
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Strand %
25.0%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Matt Koch
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Koch, who came over to Arizona in the 2015 Addison Reed trade with the Mets, made his Diamondbacks debut last season as a September callup. The 25-year-old impressed in his limited time with the club, appearing in seven games (two starts), and compiling a 2.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP over 18 innings. That's a very small sample size, but it could be enough for Koch to get a longer look in 2017. He finished 2016 as Arizona's No. 5 starter, but with Zack Greinke coming back from injury and Patrick Corbin possibly reentering the rotation, Koch will likely be on the outside looking in to start the season. He gives the team a good option as an emergency starter or innings eater out of the bullpen. His upside is limited.
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Likely part of bullpen
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 23, 2019
Koch gave up two runs on five hits while striking out six over five-plus innings Friday against the Dodgers.
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Receives starting nod Sunday
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 10, 2019
Koch (arm) will start Sunday's split-squad game against the Rockies in Mexico.
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Scratched from spring start
PArizona Diamondbacks
Arm
February 22, 2019
Koch was scratched from his upcoming spring debut Friday due to arm fatigue.
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Allows one run in spot start
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 26, 2018
Koch allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision.
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Will make spot start Tuesday
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 22, 2018
Koch will start Tuesday against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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